The Keep Teaching website supports faculty in developing their own strategies to continue to meet the needs of their courses online, if there are disruptions in on-campus teaching and learning. Being prepared to offer many aspects of your face-to-face or blended courses online is an important part of planning for events that may interrupt normal campus operations.

Information here will walk you through putting the various parts of your course experience online to maintain academic continuity. Official communication regarding any emergencies, including the current COVID-19 situation, can be found on UBC’s main website.

Preparing to Teach in Fall 2020

As UBC looks ahead to 2020 Winter Term 1, the university begins to imagine how to successfully adapt courses for online delivery, while continuing to offer learning experiences for our students that are as high quality as possible.

Throughout late April and May, more than 100 colleagues from across UBC Vancouver were invited by the Office of the Provost & Vice-President Academic to think through some of the widespread, pressing issues in course design and delivery, in order to surface best practice advice. As student success is at the center of this work, student leadership across campus—including the Alma Mater Society, Graduate Student Society, Senate leadership, and undergraduate student societies—were also engaged.

The resulting Guiding Principles for Fall 2020 document draws on expertise from across UBCV to offer guidance and suggestions for designing and teaching courses online. The guidelines and recommendations are comprehensive thanks to the deep commitment, enthusiasm, and expertise brought by the contributors. Due to the critical importance of and urgent need for this content, the full document is posted here in its entirety and an editable Word version of the principles is also available.

Over summer, this homepage will be reworked to highlight the six high-level guiding principles and link to shorter PDF summary reports and recommendations regarding specific issues and areas of focus.

Getting Started with Online Courses

Canvas provides a convenient and secure way to communicate and exchange materials with your students online. All UBC courses have matching courses in Canvas automatically created with the students enrolled, even if the instructor has never used Canvas.

To use your Canvas course, you will first need to make it visible for students to find.

Set up a Canvas course

  1. Log in to Canvas from using your UBC CWL (Campus-Wide Login) name and password. This will open your Canvas Dashboard.
  2. On your Dashboard, you will find all the courses you are teaching. Click any course to open it.
  3. Once inside a course, you can start adding content, creating assignments and assessments, and setting up discussions and communications.
  4. When you are ready, make the course available to students by clicking Publish, located on the course home page, in the right-hand sidebar under “Course Status”.

Keep accessibility in mind as you transition online. Read the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s quick accessibility tips »

Learn more about Canvas in the Canvas instructor guide »

Find your way around Canvas

This short, 6-minute video gives a good overview of using Canvas as an instructor: